Optimal Sleep Temperature

It’s no secret that sleep has vital health benefits, but then why is it so difficult to catch this much needed shut eye? In a recent study by the Wall Street Journal, it was discovered that, when it comes to sleep, temperature is more important than light and time.  65° Fahrenheit is the perfect temperature for sleep, and many people are setting the thermostat a bit higher than optimal sleeping temperature. According to Dr. Matthew Walker, a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, “If our core temperature is too high the brain cannot easily make the switch from being awake to being asleep, or create the best quality sleep.”

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Throughout the day, the body’s core temperature is slowly dropping, helping to initiate and prepare the body for sleep. This could explain why the room feels colder when a person is tired or didn’t get enough sleep.

In 2008, a group of researchers in the Netherlands found that dropping body temperature, participants were able to fall asleep quicker and also obtained a deeper quality of sleep. “Other experiments that varied the ambient temperature—decreasing it early in the night and increasing it in the morning—have shown similar benefits for improving and maintaining sleep.”

Nowadays there is even a mattress with ATROS technology available to aid in cooling temperatures at night *wink wink nudge nudge* So, if this isn’t enough to convince you to sleep cooler, maybe our other articles will.

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